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Flurbiprofen-Containing Topical Pain Medications: FDA Alert - Illnesses and Deaths in Pets Exposed to Prescription Topical Pain Medication
AUDIENCE: Health Professional, Pharmacy, Consumer, Veterinary
ISSUE: FDA is alerting pet owners, veterinarians, health care providers and pharmacists that pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to topical pain medications containing the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flurbiprofen. People using these medications should use care when applying them in a household with pets, as even very small amounts could be dangerous to these animals.
The FDA received reports of cats in two households that became ill or died after their owners used topical medications containing flurbiprofen on themselves to treat muscle, joint, or other pain. The pet owners had applied the cream or lotion to their own neck or feet, and not directly to the pet, and it is not known exactly how the cats became exposed to the medication. The products contained the NSAID flurbiprofen and the muscle relaxer cyclobenzaprine, as well as other varying active ingredients, including baclofen, gabapentin, lidocaine, or prilocaine.
BACKGROUND: Two cats in one household developed kidney failure and recovered with veterinary care. Two cats in a second household developed signs that included reluctance to eat, lethargy, vomiting, melena (black, tarry, bloody stools), anemia, and dilute urine. These two cats died despite veterinary care. A third cat in the second household also died after the owner had stopped using the medication. Veterinarians performed necropsies on the three cats that died and found evidence in the kidneys and intestines that were consistent with NSAID toxicity.
RECOMMENDATION: FDA recommends that people who use topical medications containing flurbiprofen take care to prevent their pets from being exposed to them, even in ways that may seem unlikely to cause problems. Health care providers who prescribe topical pain medications containing flurbiprofen, and pharmacists who fill these prescriptions, should advise patients with pets to take care to prevent exposure of the pet to the medication.
Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the FDA CVM Alert.
FDA News Release
April 2, 2015 - FDA alerts health care professionals and patients not to use products from the Prescription Center pharmacy in Fayetteville, N.C. - Read the full news release.
DEA Rescheduling Hydrocodone Combination Products From Schedule III to Schedule II
Read the Frequently Asked Questions on rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCP)
Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses
Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment. The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license. For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.
New Veterinary Establishment Inspection Form – The Board of Veterinary Medicine’s Animal Inspection Report has been revised and renamed as Veterinary Inspection Report. The revised form can be found under the Veterinary Establishment heading in the Forms Section of the Board’s website.
The Board of Veterinary Medicine is in the process of updating the overall inspection process and revising the inspection form is the first step of many to come. The new form incorporates the addition of a column designating a law or regulation as major or minor. The designation indicates whether the violation of the law or regulation is likely to result in direct patient harm.
Veterinary Establishment Inspectors began using the new form on December 5, 2011. Please direct questions about the form to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Online Licensing - Licensees can now renew a license, change an address and request a duplicate license online.
Guidance documents – Documents developed by the Board of Veterinary Medicine to provide information for interpreting or implementing the regulations are available online for review.
Address of Record vs. Public Address
The 2009 session of the General Assembly passed SB1282 (Acts of Assembly Chapter 687) regarding the collection of addresses from health professionals. Section 54.1-2400.02.B of the Code of Virginia (Code) requires the Department of Health Professions (DHP) to collect an official address of record from each health professional licensed, registered, or certified by a health regulatory board within the department. The official address of record is to be used by DHP for agency purposes and otherwise remain confidential.
In addition, § 54.1-2400.02.C requires DHP to provide an opportunity for a health professional to provide a second address for the purpose of public dissemination. If there is no public address provided, the official address of record will be used as the public address for the purpose of public dissemination. If the health professional would prefer that his/her address of record remain confidential, then an alternative public address must be provided to DHP. When a public address is not provided, the official address of record will be used as the public address and may at certain times be disclosed. (Note: the License Lookup feature on the DHP public website does not contain the full address of the health professional. However, public addresses are available by contacting Virginia Interactive Premium Service.) An individual is not required to submit a place of residence for either the official address of record or the public address. A post office box or a practice location is acceptable.
Changes to either address may be made at the time of renewal, at any
time by written notification to the Board, or at any time by accessing
your licensure information through the online system. Any change that
is made to one of the addresses does not automatically update the other
address. Address information should be kept current at all times.
The following professions are regulated by the Board of Veterinary Medicine.
- Equine Dental Technician
- Full Service Veterinary Facility
- Restricted Veterinary Facility
- Veterinary Technician
Applications & Forms
Download Applications and Instructions available from the Board
For information on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) from the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners: http://www.nbvme.org/
For information on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), national examination score transfers, continuing education approval, and more from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards: http://www.aavsb.org/
View and download the list of available guidance documents from the Board of Veterinary Medicine. These documents provide information or guidance to the public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations.
Board Members, Meetings and Minutes
View the current Members of the Board of Veterinary Medicine.
View the Calendar of upcoming Board meetings and minutes from past Board meetings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to common questions.